Mixed feeding flocks already...?

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Subject: Mixed feeding flocks already...?
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2017 06:07:36 +0000

Apparently a vast and anarchic mixed feeding flock has descended upon Washington DC. The full evolutionary consequences remain unclear.

On 2/4/2017 5:04 PM, John Harris wrote:
Yes, Ginninderra Creek/Percival Hill at Nicholls. My theory is that this was a very early breeding season around here so the next generation are grown up and flocking earlier than usual.  Only my amateur theory of course!

From: Steve Read <m("","steve.read123");">>
Date: Saturday, 4 February 2017 at 2:56 PM
To: chatline <m("","canberrabirds");">>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Mixed feeding flocks already...?

Has anyone else seen, over the last couple of weeks, small birds in mixed-species flocks moving together through the bush? Is this a sign of breeding territories having broken down and mixed feeding flocks forming? An active flock at Bluett’s Block this morning contained at least 10 species, structured around Buff-Rumped Thornbills and Superb Fairywrens. A little earlier in the season than I had expected…




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